Is it worth whitening your teeth?

Is it worth whitening your teeth?

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment — and for good reason.

Everyone wants a bright, beautiful smile and as such, more and more people are choosing to whiten their teeth. But does the process really work? Is it worth the time and effort? Read on to discover some of the benefits of professional teeth whitening, and why you might consider it…

1.  The treatment is safe

If you are considering a whitening treatment, you may be wondering if the process is safe. There are so many whitening products available on the market — from over-the-counter strips to whitening toothpastes and rinses — and you might feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a method that will work for you.

The reality is that if you prioritise your safety and oral health, the best bet is to have your teeth professionally whitened. Your dentist is qualified to administer and dispense bleaching products that won’t cause you any harm and will ensure that your gums are protected from the whitening formula. Your dentist will also ensure that your results look natural and in line with your aesthetic goals.

2.  Results can be achieved quickly

One of the reasons that teeth whitening is a such a popular option for so many people is that results can be achieved immediately. If you choose to have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office, you can expect to see results in just an hour or two. If, on the other hand, you would prefer to use a take-home whitening treatment dispensed by your dentist, results will take a little longer to see. In fact, it usually takes around two weeks to see the results of an at-home kit as the process works more gradually than an in-office procedure.

3.  Most stains can be concealed

Many of our dietary choices and lifestyle habits can affect the colour of our teeth, causing them to yellow or become dull over time. Some of the most common causes of cosmetic discolouration and surface stains include tea, coffee, wine, chocolate, dark sauces and highly pigmented fruits and berries. Certain medications can also contribute to the issue, as can smoking. The good news is that most cosmetic stains can be effectively addressed with professional teeth whitening treatment.

4.  The results are long-lasting

While the results of a professional whitening treatment will not last forever, you can expect to enjoy a brighter smile for some time after you have completed the process. If you choose to undergo an on-office treatment, you may find it helpful to maintain your results for longer with an at-home kit. If you choose to use a take-home kit, we generally recommend that you repeat the process every 12 to 18 months.

You can also take certain steps to make the most of your treatment and ensure that your results last for as long as possible. These include practising proper oral hygiene on a daily basis and limiting your consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks.

How can we help?

At Access Dental Care, we understand that stains and discolouration are common concerns, which is why we offer both in-office and take-home whitening treatments. If you would like to achieve a brighter, healthier-looking smile, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can discuss your options with you.

When you come in for a consultation, we will assess your oral health and perform a scale and clean. If we find that the cause of your discolouration is an underlying health issue like tooth decay or infection, we will recommend a suitable treatment to resolve the problem. If, however, your discolouration is cosmetic, you will have the option of choosing either an in-office or take-home whitening treatment.

To find out more about the teeth whitening options that we offer at Access Dental Care, please have a look here.

To book an appointment, please contact us here or give us a call on (08) 9485 0600.

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